Date: Thursday, 01 November 2018
November 1, 2018
The Civic Merit Award recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement in a particular field of endeavour in sports, science, arts, or culture within the city and the province, or in recognition of a specific service.
City Council must vote unanimously to honour someone with the Civic Merit Award.
The City began awarding the Civic Merit Award in 1942. Recipients are recognized during a ceremony at Council, in which the Mayor reads a resolution on the recipient's achievements and presents the Civic Merit Medallion and a certificate of the Resolution.
Eyob Naizghi is recognized for more than 25 years of service to new Canadians through his tenure with MOSAIC, one of the largest settlement organizations in Canada serving immigrants, newcomers and refugees in the Metro Vancouver area.
As executive director from 2001-18, Mr. Naizghi provided enviable leadership as he and his team developed the organization into a highly respected, multi million-dollar service with 26 client-accessible sites, over 300 staff, 450 volunteers and 300 contractors. As a result of Mr. Naizghi’s expertise and experience and MOSAIC’s history of successful collaborations with many different organizations, MOSAIC was well-positioned and able to play a leadership role in the response efforts associated with settlement of the recent large influx of Syrian refugees in Metro Vancouver.